Winning with Flair: 16 Lessons from the Dirtiest Player in the Game

Winning with Flair

Lesson 7: Roll deep

The road to immortality is wrought with adversity, but it is especially lonely at the top. Success breeds envy and enemies lurk in the shadows waiting to pounce on the pursuant at the slightest sign of weakness. Which is why it’s important to surround oneself with an inner circle of whom one can trust unwaveringly.

The Four Horsemen: Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard, JJ Dillon (manager), Arn Anderson and Ric Flair

By the mid-1980s the Nature Boy was hitting prime time. As his legacy grew so did the number of challengers lining up to vie for his NWA world championship. Flair needed to surround himself with people he could trust, so he enlisted Tully Blanchard along with his kayfabe cousins Ole and Arn Anderson. Together they formed the Four Horsemen, and they wrecked havoc on anyone who dared to oppose them.

Although Flair was the centerpiece of the unit, he treated his cohorts as his brothers-in-arms. If the Nature Boy was living the high life he made sure he brought his partners along for the ride.

Over the years various Horsemen have come and gone, but only one has stuck around with the Naitch’ through thick and thin: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson.

Ric and Arn, through the years

Jordan had Pippen. Batman had Robin. Flair had Double A.

Everyone needs an Arn Anderson in their life.

Next lesson: Work hard, play harder

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